The Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU) has withdrawn its appeal before the Court of Appeal against Goldfields Ghana Limited over its redundancy plan.
The withdrawal is to allow Goldfields and the Union to effectively negotiate the redundancy arrangement.
Mr. Abdul Gbana Moomin, Deputy General Secretary of GMWU, told ADR Daily in Accra that the decision to withdraw was also informed by the need to avoid dragging the issue in the courts, and rather enable the parties to negotiate.
The Union in March filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal after an Accra High Court dismissed its interlocutory injunction application to stop Goldfields’ planned redundancy exercise in which over 1,500 miners would lose their jobs.
“The decision to withdraw the appeal came from the intermediary committee set up by the Labour Department and the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry.
“The committee in a recent meeting decided that the appeal sent to the Appeal court should be withdrawn to prevent the issue from being dragged for a long period, and it was agreed that the issues should be resolved between Goldfields and the local union without the influence from GMWU,” he added.
Mr Gbana explained that after the union’s quest for interlocutory injunction was denied by the High Court, Goldfields started executing the redundancy exercise without any negotiation on severance packages for the affected workers.
“It is in the interest of both parties that they sit down to discuss their interests and negotiate and come to an understanding,” he added.
By: Fred Gadese-Mensah/adrdaily.com